Session Sixteen: Asia Pacific in Focus 2

About This Project

A collection of short films from local filmmakers in the Asia Pacific region featuring the friendship between two girls in the Philippines, a flashback to Singapore in 1997, the secret life of memories and challenges of herding some very strange animals.


My 2014 Neighbour (Phillipines) | G

The first friends you make growing up in a country like the Philippines are your neighbors. They are the people you can count on any day of the week to play games with. Fast forward to the 21st century: the Philippines is the global social networking capital. The friends you now have are the ones you see on a monitor or talk to at the tap of your finger on a phone. My 2014 Neighbor goes beyond just depicting multiple-screen interactions. It explores the issue of social dynamics through a screen: a window screen, and whether it ultimately makes “interactions” mean any less.


Moom (Japan) | G

Have you ever wondered what happens to your forgotten objects? In this story, those objects with a ‘memory’ still attached end up rising from the waters of a magical lake. Scared and lost, memories need help to let go of their objects. Sometimes, it can be as simple as opening a car door or loosening a lid. Other times, memories can have a hard time letting go. Those memories might need more help. This is the story of one of those memories stuck in this world. His name is Moom.


Clay Vs Fridge (Australia) | G

A group of friends discover a mysterious kitchen appliance (known to us humans as a fridge), leading to a chain of humorous events.


My Little Sumo (Australia) | G

Little Australian girl Daisy with the help of her super smart cat Charlie and beloved granny, sets out to become a sumo champ.


Year: 1997 (Singapore) | G

This is a recollective animated film exploring what it was like to be a kid in 90’s Singapore. The film follows two unreliable but keen observers – a boy and a girl – as they deal with their outcast primary school lives. It is a quirky yet specifically factual recount of the directors’ childhoods in a series of stylized vignettes. The film also serves as a sort of personal time capsule for them as they graduate from school life for good.


The Purrfect Plan (Australia) | PG Some scenes may scare very young children.

Made as part of the ArtPlay Electric Corpse motion capture workshops.


The Smortlybacks (Switzerland and China) | G

On a tabletop mountain a mahout and his strange herd make a surprising and never-ending journey.



52 minutes


English and Filipino

Recommended Age



PG some scenes may scare very young children

International Shorts